From the mid-90s, at Film and Video Umbrella, and subsequently the ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London), I was involved in the commissioning and exhibition of innovative new media projects, many curated specifically for the Internet.

As the internet was beginning to evolve, so to did the artistic and creative potential of the web as artists and subsequently curators began to utilise it as a medium for expression and exhibition. Experimenting with what was then emerging forms of art such as online hypertext narrative, Internet (or Net) art, and digitally expanded forms of cinema such projects were an important part of both organisations programme. The Film and Video Umbrella and ICA projects represented here, operating within the wider field of contemporary art, offered an exciting opportunity to rethink the ways in which artists and curators work and reach audiences. Allowing for the presentation of art seemingly uninhibited by political, social or cultural constraints, and transcending geographical and cultural boundaries and employing networks, interactivity, participation, open-source, online and mobile systems.

The links are descriptive as the external sites and third-party software may no longer exist.

the.year.dot
Carey Young, Clive Gillman, Jake Tilson, Thomson & Craighead, Rory Hamilton, Jeremy Millar

Slipstream
George Barber, Adam Chodzko, Erika Tan, Thomson & Craighead, Janice Kerbel, Sonia Boyce, Lucy Kimbell, Rory Hamilton

Tristero
Simon Biggs, Simon Faithfull, Brigid McLeer, Michael Landy, Shiho Fukuhara, Jacqueline Donachie
Jananne Al-Ani, Erika Tan, Lucy Kimbell, Nick Crow

Silicon Fen
Suky Best, Susan Collins, Annabel Howland, Dalziel + Scullion, Stephen Hughes, TNWK

How to be An Internet Artist
Mark Amerika

Image: GRAMMATRON – by Mark Amerika, 1997
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